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Report gives Hawaii an 'F' for manufacturing competitiveness

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:38 p.m. HST, Jun 24, 2013

Hawaii received a failing grade in a study comparing the competitiveness of manufacturing sectors among the 50 states.

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card produced by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research gave Hawaii an “F” for a fifth consecutive year. The study used eight criteria ranging from worker benefit costs to global reach to come up with the grades.

“Hawaii is not a strong manufacturing state, and continues to struggle against geography to build that sector,” CBER director Michael Hicks said in a news release.

Hawaii was one of five states to get an “F” in the report. The others were Alaska, Nevada, New Mexico and New York.

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